Politicians, Energy Companies Just Want You to Trust Them

Count the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) among those that don’t believe the hype about the region’s need for more natural gas. The two major arguments used by Invenergy in support of its plan to build a power plant in Burriliville are that the plant is needed for the reliability of the electricity grid and to save ratepayers money. Invenergy is wrong on both, according to a letter written by Elmer, CLF senior attorney.

“The bottom line is very, very simple: the Invenergy plant is just not needed for system reliability,” Elmer wrote. “It is not needed to keep the lights on. Rhode Island, Southeastern New England, and all of New England have a surplus of generation capacity without Invenergy’s proposed plant.”

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